Is The Friendship Between Scottie Pippen & Michael Jordan Salvageable?

Is The Friendship Between Scottie Pippen & Michael Jordan Salvageable?

April 5, 2022 0 By Stephen Callahan

One of the best sports documentaries in history was released in the summer of 2020, and that documentary was known as ‘The Last dance.” This particular documentary gave an up-close and personal look into the Chicago Bulls’ final season. Multiple players from the Bulls organization were interviewed as well as professionals from other organizations. Fans got a chance to view behind-the-scenes content for some of their favorite stars such as Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson and Dennis Rodman. On the other hand, Bulls forward Scottie Pippen got the short end of the stick as the documentary highlighted many of player’s mistakes and low points.

“I felt like Michael’s intentions for the documentary was to further boost his status and cement himself as the game’s greatest player instead of highlighting the team’s success,” said Pippen. “The Last Dance” included 10 full episodes worth of material while giving backstories to some of the main players. Though the documentary was designed to highlight the team’s last season together, the majority of the content was about Michael Jordan and his polarizing appeal to the masses. Viewers watched as Pippen declined to play in an important playoff game versus the Detroit Pistons in 1990. Viewers also watched Pippen decline to receive surgery for his injured foot during the off-season because the Bulls organization wouldn’t renegotiate his contract.

As of late, Scottie Pippen has been going on a crusade to discredit Jordan’s success. The star forward stated that “Michael ruined the game with his style of play” to “I’ve always felt that Lebron James was a better player because he was more team oriented.” Of course, Pippen is no stranger to contradicting himself on numerous occasions throughout the years. He has even gone as far to saying that coach Phil Jackson was racist because he allowed Toni Kukoc to take the last shot in a pivotal playoff game in 1994. It’s no secret that Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan were never the best of friends off the court, but Michael has always stated the importance of the small forward to the team’s overall success.

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